Thursday, August 25, 2011

NPR Puzzle 8/21/11 - The Harbor Seal of Approval

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take the name of an aquatic animal, in two words, six letters in the first word and four letters in the second. Remove the first letter of each word, the remaining eight letters in order, will spell a word that might describe an animal that is not aquatic.
I believe Henry got the honors in solving this first -- the answer is HARBOR SEAL - H & S = ARBOREAL, which means it lives in a tree.

This is a perfectly delightful puzzle and prompted virtually no comments this week.  Which is just fine by us.  (::waves to skydiveboy::  Glad you like your dictionary.  Ross was happy to have an excuse to buy a new one give his much loved copy to you.)

I have noticed that faithful readers of the blog will sometimes go to Flickr to verify their guesses by looking for the photos I've used.  That strikes me as perfectly okay -- as long as I don't give the game away, I'm happy.

This week, though, I had a bit more of a challenge. I obviously couldn't have photos with harbor seals in them, and for once pictures with trees (my usual preference) were out, so what to do? In the end, I decided to type in "harbor sunrise" and see what I got. I deliberately wanted a nice mix of bodies of water, so I wouldn't be ruling out fish that live in rivers, for example.

Here's what I found:

No idea where this is; the photo is captioned only "harbor sunrise"

This is "Shellharbor" - anyone know where that is?

Chichester Harbour -- ah, we're in the English Empire at least (based on the U in "harbour")

This is an Omani fishing boat heading back to the harbor at sunrise

Katsuura  Harbor, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan

Fuvahmulah, which may not be a harbor (although I don't know how I found it if it isn't) but it is in the Indian Ocean
Time for ...

P I C K   A   R A N G E
Here are this week's picks: 

Fewer than 50
50 - 100
100 - 150
150 - 200
200 - 250
250 - 300
300 - 350
350 - 400
400 - 450
450 - 500
 
500 - 550
550 - 600
600 - 650
650 - 700
700 - 750
750 - 800
800 - 850
850 - 900
900 - 950
950 - 1,000

1,000 - 1,050 -- David
1,050 - 1,100 -- Henry
1,100 - 1,150
1,150 - 1,200
1,200 - 1,250
1,250 - 1,300
1,300 - 1,350 -- Mendo Jim
1,350 - 1,400
1,400 - 1,450 -- skydiveboy
1,450 - 1,500

1,500 - 1,550
1,550 - 1,600
1,600 - 1,650 -- Marie
1,650 - 1,700
1,700 - 1,750
1,750 - 1,800
1,800 - 1,850 -- Dave
1,850 - 1,900
1,900 - 1,950
1,950 - 2,000 -- Magdalen

2,000 - 2,050 -- Natasha
2,050 - 2,100 -- Ross
2,100 - 2,150
2,150 - 2,200
2,200 - 2,250
2,250 - 2,300
2,300 - 2,350
2,350 - 2,400
2,400 - 2,450
2,450 - 2,500

2,500 - 2,750 -- woozy
2,750 - 3,000
3,000 - 3,250
3,250 - 3,500
3,500 - 4,000
4,000 - 4,500
4,500 - 5,000

More than 5,000
More than 5,000 and it sets a new record.
Our tie-break rule:  In the event that a single round number is announced, AND two separate people picked the ranges leading up to and leading up from that round number, the prize will be awarded to whichever entrant had not already won a prize, or in the event that both entrants had won a prize already or neither had, then to the earlier of the two entries on the famous judicial principle of "First Come First Serve," (or in technical legal jargon, "You Snooze, You Lose")

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I too thought this puzzle pretty good. Still, I was attempted to submit rudder fish as an answer. After all, cows are udderish, right? Or what about ground fish and roundish (to describe, say, a pillbug/wood louse)?

(By the way, for some reason, I couldn't post to this on Sunday last.)

Phil

Mendo Jim said...

Ah, a contentionless week. Hardly any fun.

But "Shellharbor?"

There is a Shellharbour in New South Wales, but alas in the wrong hemisphere for harbour seals.

And Shell Harbor in Ventura County, Southern Califonria and a Shell Harbor Resort in campground-rich Putnam County, Northern Florida.

Prolly the Aussie one.

fleabane said...

Heh, heh. Could it finally be that this West Coaster finally gets a chance to gloat that he got the Sunday answer before Magdalen got a chance to post her blog?

Boy, I'm going to feel like a heel if Magdalen hasn't posted yet do to a family emergency...